We ended our stay in China on a high with a 2-0 win against Arsenal at the Bird’s Nest stadium in Beijing.
It was a great venue to play at but the humidity was incredible and it was something of a relief when the rain started to fall because it brought with it cooler air, though the thunder and lightning overhead is always a little unnerving when you are playing on a wet pitch!
I thought it was quite an open game and both teams had plenty of chances, but we defended well and deserved our victory.
It was nice to be involved in both goals and while my pass put in Pablo Zabaleta for the first goal, there was still plenty to do so he should rightly take full credit for that.
My goal came after Kun Aguero knocked the ball back across the six-yard box and I couldn’t really miss from close range. It means our pre-season continues to pick up pace and while Arsenal had a few top players missing, so did we so we have to be happy with the result.
After the game it was back to the hotel for a sleep and then time to pack and leave China behind. The Chinese City fans may have been outnumbered in Beijing, but they made plenty of noise and we know next time we visit, there will be a lot more City shirts in the crowd.
I enjoyed our stay in China and I’d like to thank the people who made our stay so enjoyable – I’m sure we’ll return again in the near future
As a player, travelling is part and parcel of our professional lives so on Saturday morning we checked out and made the six-hour flight to Malaysia. We arrived in darkness so I’m looking forward to seeing what Kuala Lumpar looks like in the day.
We will have an open training session on Sunday before playing our final tour match on this trip against a Malaysia XI on Monday night – then we fly home.
See you tomorrow